Science Meetings

Aquarius Third Stokes Parameter Measurements: Initial Results
Utku, C., Le Vine, D.M., Abraham, S., and Piepmeier, J. (28-Sep-15)

The Aquarius/SAC-D observatory was launched on June 10, 2011 and the Aquarius instrument has been collecting data continuously since late August. One of the unique features of the L-band radiometers comprising Aquarius is the presence of a polarimetric channel to measure the third Stokes parameter. The purpose is to provide a measure of Faraday rotation, which can be important for remote sensing at L-band, especially in the case of remote sensing of salinity which requires high precision. Initial results are presented here showing a reasonable agreement between retrieved and modeled Faraday rotation and also the “noisy” behavior at land-water boundaries and other mixed scenes predicted by theory.